Page 1. Assata (Shakur),. An. Autobiography. Digitalized by. RevSocialist for. SocialistStories. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Author, Assata Shakur. Country, United States, Cuba. Language, English Assata: An Autobiography is a autobiographical book by Assata Shakur. On May 2, , Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome.

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Prior to reading Assata’s words, I knew very little about black nationalism from the perspective of a black nationalist.

The Communists and the Black Panthers, probably the two biggest threats the U. This is surprising, in view of the endemic racism of the courts at the time, but Shakur explains in straightforward terms the techniques she and her lawyers used to attempt to ensure as fair a trial as possible. Wikipedia explains that the car was stopped for a broken tail light and slight speeding. Also the poem at the end about chopping off slave masters’ heads and putting arsenic in apple pies took me off a little.

The unusual structure – alternating between her pre- and post-New Jersey turnpike life – help to demonstrate how her childhood and experience of life led to what she became – a revolutionary. At the end of the book, she reflects on racial dynamics in Cuba, an environment by no means utopian, but certainly full of love and hope.

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What was most striking to me about the autobiography was the vicious police brutality and the blatant disregard for due process of law, her civil rights, and what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

I cannot understand how she could be so easily led to make a decision that affected her life greatly. Yet, she escaped and is so strong, so clear, so right in her heart and her head that not only her beautiful body, but her sense of humor and vulnerability to love survived. What was also apparent was that Shakur was very intelligent and insightful civil rights activist, feminist, a bit of a philosopher and a poet.


Amazing woman and a good book! I did find am odd that, after all this great material, that Shakur went back and emphasized how assat revolutionary struggle must be scientific in order to avoid emotional compromise, in other words emphasizing the very “objectivity” preached by every tendril of the patriarchy.

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I feel she wanted to matter. She would have us believe that this was all done basically because she was black, female and powerless.

This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat This book is essential reading for those that don’t understand how the US justice system conspires against Afro-Americans, Native Americans, Chicanos and the poor in general.

Yet, I am not entirely sure I would agree with all of Assata’s views and ideologies. In my opinion, this book should be on the required reading list for high school students to help them understand the history of the Black Panther Party as well as giving them more to the Civil Rights struggle than Martin Luther King. They are alive and stick get heard.

There were pages of this autobiography that told me nothing about Shakur’s development asssata a woman, Black woman, or prisoner. View all 3 comments. Nov 23, Maya B rated it it was amazing Shelves: Armed struggle can never be successful by itself; it must be part of an overall strategy for winning, and the strategy must be political as well as military An Autobiography 27 49 Feb 23, Deaths in police custody are all too common, both in the US and here in the UK.


I still see this problem with my students; they take five classes per semester and have to be told why all auutobiography information is related because they never learned that before. There is plenty autobiograaphy government and police corruption to back up her claims, but don’t look for all the gory details here. Assata Shakur was wrongfully imprisoned as part of the FBI and US government attacks on the political organizations of people of color.

Well, that explained a lot of things. Why was she there? Even t This is the compelling autobiography of one of America’s great modern New Aytobiography revolutionary women. The lack of adequate medical treatment threatened paralysis. Feb 18, Alysia rated it really liked it Shelves: The current incumbent of autobiotraphy White House has demanded her extradition from Cuba as part of his “re-set” of Obama’s normalisation of relations with that country.

They have to be based on the objective conditions and on what is the rational, unemotional thing to do. Looking at rampant racism supported by the president in the U. To all my goodreads friends, do yourself a favour and pick this up. I do not understand a government so willing to spend millions of dollars on arms, to explore outer space, even the planet Jupiter, and at the same time close down day care centers and fire stations.

An Autobiography’, is a necessary reminder of how potently the echoes of the civil rights era remain with us today, argues Terence Elliott-Cooper.

Dec 09, Sara Salem rated it it was amazing.